A changing of the guard

There are so many paths we can walk in life, and so many opportunities and people that await around each corner… but certain opportunities come along only once in a lifetime; their shear momentum and power exerting an unparalleled force on the trajectory of your life.  The marine conservation fellowship is one such opportunity, and while it has shaped the way the 3 of us view the world-as well as our role in it-the time has come to step aside and allow a new crop of fellows to take the wheel!  Starting May 1st, the next group of FABULOUS fellows: Brad, Kalani and Kirsten will tackle the many facets of marine conservation in Hawaii, and hopefully this blog!  It has truly been a pleasure capturing our experiences and musing throughout the past two years, and I am sure it will only grow and flourish with new exciting adventures under the stewardship of Brad, Kalani and Kirsten! It is amazing to reflect on how many wonderful experiences we have managed to pack in and all of the awesome people we have had the opportunity to meet over the past two years!!  Image

 Time for us to “dive” into the next adventure :)

Enhancing Community Resilience To Hazards Through Collaboration

The Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana and the Partnership for Pacific Resilience invites you to participate in their upcoming gathering Building Communities of Practice for Resilience, held at the Hawai’i Convention Center on March 11 – 13, 2014.  

The Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana (PRiMO) is a coalition of organizations with a role in hazard risk management in the Pacific region. The agencies, institutions, and companies that comprise PRiMO recognize the value of collective action and are committed to enhancing cooperation, coordination, and collaboration to strengthen and sustain hazard resilient communities.


Registration is now OPEN! Register online before regular registration ends on March 4, 2014! Government, non-profits, and University registrants can register online here.  Corporate, private sector, and industry registrants can register online here.


Hanohano Paepae o He’eia

In 2011, ‘Ōiwi TV created a video to honor 10 years of Paepae o He’eia.  Learn more about the history of Paepae o He’eia from the video highlighting all the hard work put into restoring the pond that perpetuates place-based cultural science education.  They are truly a beacon of caring for Hawaiian cultural landscapes, providing the space and work to strengthen our relationship to ‘āina (land/sea).  Mahalo nui kākou no kēia hana pono no ko kākou lāhui Hawai’i!

Look your best, Not a mess

For those of you excited about the opportunity to come aboard as a future fellow, I thought I would give you a small tip on something that may get overlooked: interview attire. When preparing for the interview do not forget that your attire and appearance matters. It’s important that you look your best and present yourself well.

Though we may spend a lot of time in the field as fellows and look like unkempt scalawags, we also work in a professional office setting. We having meetings with donors and partners and occasionally have random introductions with conservation professionals visiting the office. Whether you like it or not first impressions matter, so putting some thought into looking presentable will do you some good.

And, if you are thinking, “it’s a conservation organization, no need dress up,” Think again, especially for the interview!

Doesn’t have to be over the top just put together and polished.

  • Hair nicely done, out of your face. If you have long hair think about putting it up. Guys, trim up the facial hair for a nice clean look.
  • Nails trimmed. For girls, make sure you have fresh, appropriate polish or none at all. Don’t be showing up with peeling off nail polish or some crazy bright color.
  • Beware of ill-fitting clothes: the tight pants, short skirts, sheer tops, bra straps showing and the like.
  • Wear closed toed shoes.